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Weekly Prompts: Unusual

One photo immediately came to mind when I read the Weekly Prompts: Unusual prompt.

It was this photo of a leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. Leucism is a lack of dark pigmentation making the affected species look a little like an albino. The pale brown areas on the birds head would normally be black.

Throwback Thursday: Great Spotted Woodpecker.

 

Then I thought about this photo. It shows a male Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s an Oriole by eating the grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. As a member of the Wood Warbler family, or New World Warbler family depending on which reference you use, it normally feeds on insects.

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler.

7 replies on “Weekly Prompts: Unusual”

Thanks Sue. Rather amusingly a different photo of the leucistic Woodpecker on a feeder was used in a birdwatching magazine to illustrate an article on feeding the birds. There was no mention of the unusual plumage of the bird.

I don’t think there was insects in the jelly. We were filling the holder with grape jelly (jam) out of the fridge and the bird was around the feeder for a few days before I got chance to set up the camera.

Mostly just the Baltimore Oriole we get most springs. They like Orange halves and grape jam which is why there’s Orange halves visible in the photo.

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